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DarkFish

O'Connor, Australia
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  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Tara on 12-02-2015

a well crafted police drama with supernatural ties

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2017

This is the first book in a series about a small unit of London metropolitan police who become unwillingly involved in a supernatural side of London. This book is nothing like the Rivers of London series. It is dark and gritty, and although there is magic, it is not under their control and they have no guide or teacher to aid them in understanding. I found the first chapter a little difficult to follow as an audio book - a combination of the London slang and the accents, but my ear attuned and then I found it easier. I'm glad that I persisted, because by the end of the book I didn't want to get out of the car and stop listening. A well crafted police drama with a very creepy villain and a nice touch of the supernatural.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two mysteries in one, it can't get any better!

  • By Jane S on 22-10-2016

An AMAZING complex book, well worth listening to

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

This was a really fascinating and gripping book, cleverly set as a mystery within a mystery. Without spoiling it, this is a book about a writer of old-fashioned murder mysteries and his publishers. There is a contemporary death which intertwines with the last manuscript of the author. Very well written and beautiful reading by the two narrators.

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  • The Dragons of Dorcastle

  • The Pillars of Reality, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of Dematr behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ok book

  • By Manwell on 09-06-2017

Epic Fantasy, good mix of technology and magic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

This was the first book I have read by Jack Campbell. It was very well read by MacLeod Andrews. Without too many spoilers, this world is dominated by the bitter enemies of the Mage Guild and the Mechanics Guild. The rest of the population is mistreated by the guilds, and unrest is developing. Two young people, one from each guild, are thrown together in an emergency. The plot is developing slowly as both explore a tentative friendship whilst trying to protect themselves from the political machinations of the two guilds. I quite enjoyed this book, and will get the next one just to see what happens.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An amusing light romance

  • By DarkFish on 18-11-2016

An amusing light romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

This is a light romance novel which I found charming and sufficiently suspense-inducing to make me listen to the end. I really enjoyed Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series. This is nothing like that, but is well written and entertaining. The misunderstandings between the characters are well crafted.

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  • The Game of Kings

  • By: Dorothy Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 24 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The Game of Kings: First in The Lymond Saga. It's August 1547, and unrest in Europe is rife. Scotland, nominally ruled by 4 year old Queen Mary, is heaving with intrigue - and hot gossip. The notorious rebel, Crawford of Lymond, is rumoured to be back in Edinburgh. The city is sealed, but such things never worry 'Lymond'. As usual, he leaves a characteristic trail of hue and cry, vanished contraband, and a drunken sow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical fiction, but hard to follow

  • By DarkFish on 18-11-2016

Excellent historical fiction, but hard to follow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

I think this very interesting book has not transitioned well to audio book. Dorothy Dunnett introduces a fascinating period in Scottish history. The story is slow moving but comes to a fantastic climax. However, I really struggled with the book in some parts. Like most nobles of the time, the characters are fluent in English, ancient French and Latin, as well as other languages. Her writing is peppered with these languages. If I was reading the book I could stop and look them up, but with the audiobook I could not follow these parts of the story and dialogue.

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  • O Jerusalem

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes has traveled to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city will surely go up in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisitely crafted historical mystery

  • By DarkFish on 18-11-2016

Exquisitely crafted historical mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

This is the 5th Mary Russell Book by Laurie R. King. If you haven't read this series, I would highly recommend it. Mary Russell is the much younger apprentice and subsequent partner of Sherlock Holmes. Although Holmes is a main character, these books bring a totally different perspective to the genre. This particular book is set early in Mary's life and details a short visit to post-WWI Palestine. It is one of my favourite books and vital to read before Justice Hall, the 6th book. Although this book could be read as a stand-alone novel, I would recommend reading the series in order (first book is The Beekeepers Apprentice), as the development of Russell and Holmes relationship over the years is fascinating. All of the books in this series are excellent. This one is well read by Jenny Sterlin.

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  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By emmoff on 17-11-2016

Zombies and superheroes. Need I say more?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This book is well narated with two readers portraying the different characters. I can't say that I really liked this book, but I did enjoy it and bought the second one. The world has collapsed after a virus kills nearly everyone and turns them into zombies. A small enclave of people are barely surviving in Los Angeles, aided by some superheroes. The story slowly unfolds through a series of short chapters told from the point of view of many different characters, both relecting the past and the present. Sometimes this was a little confusing.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,323

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reindeer Flotilla Setec Astronomy

  • By Nicholas Hallam on 03-09-2017

A world lived on line, a fabulous contest...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This book is set in a dystopian future where resources are scarce and most people are living in poverty and misery. The Oasis is a virtual world where people can live their lives, attend school, make money. One of the creators of the oasis dies, leaving a will stating that all his vast wealth will be given to the winner of a great contest. I enjoyed this book, although I suspect it was written more for the young adult market. The teenage protagonists are not particularly likeable, but the contest was interesting, particularly the many references to early computer games and roleplaying games.

  • Working for Bigfoot

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son, Irwin, is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JIM BUTCHER AND JAMES MASTERS WONDERFUL ALWAYS

  • By annelan on 13-01-2016

Three interlinked Wizard Dresden stories. Great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

These are for fans of Harry Dresden. There are three stories involving Harry and Bigfoot. I really enjoyed them. They were well read. Probably not as good if you haven't read at least a few of the Dresden books.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A fantastic book

  • By DarkFish on 31-05-2016

Wow! A fantastic book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This is the first of the Peter Grant books. British policemen with magic. A really well written book that plausibly brings magic into the modern world. Beautifully read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith who makes the English accents sound great (at least to Australian ears). Really worth reading, and I'd recommend the rest of the series once you have finished this one.

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